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CPD/CPT Course:
Competition Law
on Vertical Restrictions
- Economics
Rationale and Analysis

Presented by
Mr. Leo Sek,
MBA, MGovComLaw, MAcct,
Assistant Programme Leader - BBA,
Faculty of Business,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Competition Law on Vertical Restrictions - Economics Rationale and Analysis
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Code: EVT000000095 Level: Intermediate
Date: 19 September 2015 (Saturday) Language: English
Time: 09:30 - 12:45
(Reception starts at 09:00)
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
(LSHK Allocated Number: 20152761)
SFC 3.0 CPT Hours
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Presenter's Profile:
Mr. Leo Sek

Leo Sek obtained a Master of Government and Commercial Law degree from the Australian National University and is currently pursuing a part-time PhD in economics with research focus in economic analysis of competition law.  He also received an MBA, a master degree in accounting and bachelor degree in information engineering.  He has spoken in CPD course for lawyers in competition law and published a few articles in newspapers commenting on the development of competition law in Hong Kong.  He is currently an Instructor of Law and teaches Hong Kong company and business law in university.

Course Outline:

Competition law, which is newly introduced to Hong Kong, is an area of law which bases heavily on economics theory.  The fundamental concept of the law is to avoid the economic inefficiency caused by practices which harm market competition.  However, some business practices of vertical restrictions, e.g. resale price maintenance, have been subject to debates whether they should be banned by the law, as economics studies on these practices developed in the last decades.

The seminar, which targets at lawyers with limited economics background, aims at providing the foundation knowledge of industrial economics to understand the economics rationale behind the law.  Particular focus is placed on the area of vertical restrictions, with supporting discussions of relevant cases in different jurisdictions.  The topic bases mostly on economics, but the speaker, who teaches law in university, will deliver the materials in a lawyer-friendly way.


  • Economics of Competition Law
    1. Monopoly
    2. Oligopoly
    3. Cartels, e.g. price fixing
  • Conduct rules of the Hong Kong competition law and vertical restrictions
    1. First rule: Anti-competitive agreement and practice
    2. Second rule: Abuse of substantial market power
    3. “Economic Efficiency Exclusion” in Schedule 1 - Vertical restrictions excluded?
  • Competition law cases on Vertical Restriction, and the Economics Analysis
    1. Vertical restrictions: Economically efficient or not?
    2. Leegin Case: avoidance of free-rider
    3. Factors to look at for RPM

This course is supported by:  Kornerstone Limited
Relevant CPD Courses
Course: Economics Foundations and the Conduct Rules
of the Hong Kong Competition Law
Economics Foundations and the Conduct Rules of the Hong Kong Competition Law
Presenter(s): Mr. Leo Sek
Date: 18 August 2014 (Monday) (Amended)
Time: 14:30 - 17:45
Venue: 9th Floor, The Chinese Club Building, Central, Hong Kong
Language: English
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
SFC 3.0 CPT Hours
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